Renovations are currently underway for Nakak Sar Sikh Temple, what will be Rockford’s first Sikh Temple, which will be located at the corner of Kishwaukee Street and Third Avenue.
Currently those wishing to worship at a Sikh Temple have to travel to Chicago, Madison or Milwaukee.
Baba Ji, the head of the Church and spiritual leader of the Sikh Community, saw a need for a more localized location for worship.
Ji says the temple should be ready by the middle of September although the renovations will still be going on during this time.
The location has been the congregation for several churches since it was built in 1889.
Religious artifacts and items will be preserved from the location during the work on the temple and be donated to churches in the area that are interested in them.
The temple will offer traditional Sikh worship, spiritual consults, meditation, interfaith discussion, drug awareness and awareness of other religions.
Baba Ji also plans to help those in need at the temple, providing donations and food whenever possible.
The temple will hold a grand opening in April, 2016 when the work is estimated to be finished.
The Head Minister from the Golden Temple in India will be traveling to Rockford to participate in worship for the grand opening and Baba Ji hopes that pastors from other churches in the region will also attend.